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The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ

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Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest-growing organ. We see it, touch it, and live in it every day. It is a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and our survival. It is also a waste removal plant, a warning system for underlying disease and a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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    Moonkiszt
    The Remarkable Life of the Skin: an Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ

    What a grand adventure this book is! I expected something more along the line of a scientific textbook, and instead find an accessible, relevant to me – as an ordinary layperson – wisdom and knowledge about skin. My skin. Your skin. It is fascinating. Covering the basics about size and shape and purpose, with all those fancy scientific terms is found colloquial language and stories. Stories of his experience with
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    Paul
    If you were asked to name your own bodies largest organ you would almost certainly think of one of the ones inside like the liver or the heart, but it is actually the part of you that holds it all together, your skin. It is also an organ that most people think nothing of, day in and day out, but if you know what you are looking for you can see right into a person’s soul through their skin. Most doctors have an interest in all the bits inside, but Lyman is different, his fascination is the ...more
    Ana
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: luis
    This book is a condensed treaty about the skin, the largest of our organs, and (I am now convinced) one of the most fascinating ones, written for non-experts.

    The book starts with an overview of the structure of the skin, explaining how the different cell types and organelles within each layer allow the skin to accomplish its many functions.

    I underlined many paragraphs that I found interesting, which I will not copy here, otherwise this review would become too long, but I can’t help copying a
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    Angelique Simonsen
    Omg I can not finish this. I am a little more informed about skin and I'm not 100% sure I want to be now.
    Janet
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

    Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our
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    Bookish Dervish
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Exactly how a book (aiming at popularising science) should be.
    here is what sticks to my mind:
    #people tend to act upon knowing their looks is at risk more than they do knowing their life is compromised====> smoking shortens one's life VS smoking may hasten the aging process of you skin
    #Although essential, The Sun is the most dangerous factor that affects our skin
    #the average skin surface of a healthy adult is 1.5 up to 2 square meters.
    #The skin communicates with our intestine, immune system,
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    Jan
    Dermatology for anyone with skin. Discover the scientific bases, familiar and unfamiliar conditions, the physical and emotional responses, and even the historical aspects of the largest organ of the body. Even though I have a lot of skin, am a retired RN, have had the problems of the very light skinned, and even developed psoriasis after retirement, I learned a lot without having to work for it. I recommend it to anyone with skin whether in the paramedical field or just curious. Loved it! But I ...more
    Olwen
    Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: health
    This is a very detailed account of the functions of the skin; it would be of most interest, I think, to someone who has a skin condition and wants to learn more about what could be behind it.
    Charlie
    Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A tour around the human skin. From the biology of the way it works to several ways in which it potentially does not work. From the science, art and history of tattoos to the philosophy of how skin is seen and used in world religions. The author seems to have had the opportunity to visit and work in a number of rather interesting countries and work places and he uses anecdotes from these experiences alongside his medical training to make an interesting book.

    For me personally, I found the section
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    Carol Kean
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This amazing book is so full of startling and useful information, my Kindle is packed full of highlights. I hardly know where to begin. The science is not too much even for most lay readers (that would be me). And the science is fascinating.

    My favorite part is how the skin is itself an electronic gadget, the way touch-electronics rely on our fingertips, but you should read this in the author's own words. It's mind-blowing. I've seen news items on "smart" clothing that's wired for all kinds of
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    BookNerdTV
    The Remarkable Life of the Skin is a highly informative exploration into the largest organ of the human body. From describing the structures of the skin to the effects of psychological stress, Lyman provides the reader with a thought-provoking dive into the organ few of us every truly consider. Lyman delivers to us the science of our skin through language and concepts that are accessible to non-science/medical professionals.

    The structure of the book flows easily from chapter to chapter, subject
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    Nathan
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Exploring the abstract while also assessing the anatomy. What do we know about how our skin works? What’s still a mystery? Everyday functions lose their sense of wonder as we experience them often (e.g. a healing cut), but the author finds a way to make all of this as simple as possible, stopping just short of pulling up in a Magic School Bus.

    Aging, sweating, body odor, tattoos, sexual function, pruny fingers, disease, scars, perception, conditions—a wide net is cast, giving sensible allotted
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    Kat
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I love books that make science accessible for everyone.

    Skin. I have a love/hate relationship with mine. Fair, freckly, age spotty, wrinkly, dry...what's to love? Turns out, EVERYTHING! The senses at our fingertips, the ability to defend us from pathogens, thin as paper on our eyelids and thick as paperboard on our feet, a living breathing organ that makes quality life possible.

    If you are a fan of Mary Roach and Bill Bryson, you are in for a treat. Mr. Lyman takes the reader on a fascinating
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    Courtney
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I recieved an advance copy of this book through Netgalley.com.

    This book was fascinating. It is a great example of science writing-- informative and based on research and medicine, but accessible for a lay reader. I have found myself sharing tidbits and anecdotes from the book in conversation, and look forward to including some of the knowledge I've gleaned from the book in my Health Psychology class (and encouraging students to read it). At times, some of the details were redundant, but overall,
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    Damon Connor
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Very well done

    It's an easy read that leans slightly more to the non biology reader. He writes well, good, relevant research, passionate of his subject. I really enjoyed this book which follows a previous book I read titled,' Why we sleep', very easy to tie the two together, something I didn't expect. Maybe Mr Lyman could have a read of that book and I'm sure he will understand what I mean. I look forward to more writings from this chap,but I don't think I'd like to do a long journey with him.
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    Courtney
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I recieved an advance copy of this book through Netgalley.com.

    This book was fascinating. It is a great example of science writing-- informative and based on research and medicine, but accessible for a lay reader. I have found myself sharing tidbits and anecdotes from the book in conversation, and look forward to including some of the knowledge I've gleaned from the book in my Health Psychology class (and encouraging students to read it). At times, some of the details were redundant, but overall,
    ...more
    Paul
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a book of densely packed info that is interesting and not overwhelming. The author is a good communicator and includes interesting cases and examples along with excellent info. There are some cringe-worthy or shiver-inducing sections depending on how squeamish you are (e.g. lice) but you can skip those. You are guaranteed to learn a lot. Recommended.

    I really appreciate the NetGalley advanced copy for review!!
    Olya
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Maybe if I had eczema, this book would be of much more interest to me (the author seems a bit fixated on it as it popped up every other page or so). There were also a few annoying contradictions in just the first 25% I did manage to get through (it's unclear if food impacts skin. Unless it's water, alcohol, red fruit, sugar, etc.).
    Maudaevee
    Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was much more entertaining and interesting than I ever thought a book about skin could be! I thought it was told in a completely appealing way and held my attention right from the start. I will now forever have much more respect for skin and all it does.
    Ângela Maresch
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book is an outstanding homage of our most beloved and simultaneously most underestimated organ. The biological and cultural aspects of the skin are discussed in an intelligent, very relevant way, enriched by the author's vision and curious remarks. I would gladly read it again in the future!
    Cozy Cat Reviews
    This is a very enjoyable unique book about our bodies largest organ, the skin. I found this fascinating and truly epic in scope. The author has a pleasing conversational style of writing . I was truly enthralled by the subject of this book and the remarkable information here for the reader. I highly recommend this book for your education . This is a must read for all who are interested in the health of their skin.
    After a remarkably incompetent dermatologist who even refused to remove a
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    Waseem
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Fascinating in-depth read about the inner and outer workings of our largest organ - our skin! Never read anything like this before focused entirely on skin and covered so much from health related aspects, all the way to historical past and present cultural views and practices regarding it....plus much more - worth a read!

    To Our Continued Success!
    Seemy
    http://www.WaseemMirza.net
    Luna
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Great read!! I really enjoyed this book.
    Paul Below
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Well written and packing a huge amount of fascinating information. Very readable
    Steve
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is great science writing

    I loved this book. Dr. Lyman tells a great story about the body's largest organ, the skin. The science is clearly explained in a conversational tone and with humor appropriate to the subject matter. He also incorporates his own experiences as a dermatologist into the story, which to me, creates a closer bond between author and reader. Lyman pays a lot of attention to writing style and the writing seems almost poetic in places. I recommend this book for anyone
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